FIN WHALE Balaenoptera physalus

Status

ESA Endangered - throughout its range
MMPA Depleted - throughout its range
CITES Appendix II - throughout its range

 

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Species: delphis

 

 

Species Description

Weight: females: up to 15 tons (13,607 kg)

             males: up to 45 tons (40,823 kg)

Length: females: about 36 feet (11 m)

             males: about 52 feet (16 m)

Appearance: mostly dark gray, though some whales have white patches on the belly, with an extremely large head that takes up about 1/3

                     of its total body length

Lifespan: unknown, but females mature around 30 years old and males mature about 50 years old

Diet: large squid, sharks, skates, and fishes

Behavior: they dive to feed and the average dive lasts about 35 minutes to depths of 1,300 feet (400 m), however dives may last over  

                an hour and reach depths over 3,280 feet (1,000 m)

 

 

 

 

 

 

REFERENCES:

NOAA National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 2012 [online]

http://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/pr/species/mammals/whales/sperm-whale.html

(Accessed 18 march 2016)

 

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